“What good are you?” she cried out to the heavens.
No answer came.
At a young age, Sarah learns that life is bitter. Her father wanted her aborted, her mother dies, and no one will lovingly raise her. At only eight years of age, she becomes an owned object rather than a human. Her future is dismal, and it is God’s fault.
By her teenage years, Sarah is full of hatred and emotionally wrecked. She has already accepted that her life is a vicious cycle of pain. Death is the only way out.
An even stronger force than the hatred that feasted on her was the weariness that sucked her soul dry.
Michael Hosea, on the other hand, is a young, strong farmer in search of a wife. He made the difficult journey west with his sister, who died along the way, and brother-in-law, who is now in search of gold. When he sees Sarah walking down the road, he hears God’s voice say that she is his intended wife. There’s only one problem: Sarah is the town’s best prostitute, not the godly lady he has been seeking.
Lord? Did I misunderstand? I must’ve. This can’t be the one.
Lord, this isn’t exactly what I had in mind.
In her book Redeeming Love, Francine Rivers retells the biblical story of Hosea. Time after time, Sarah refuses Michael’s care and runs from his inexplicable grace. Yet, he continues to bring her back to his love and safety.
Redeeming Love also paints a picture of God’s love for his children. When Sarah was cruel to Michael,
He was never angry…He complimented and encouraged her.
When Sarah ran away from him, he went to find her and
knelt before her and washed her dirty, blistered feet.
At times, we are cruel to God. Yet, he is gracious and slow to anger (Psalm 103:8). We run away from God in search of worldly pleasures. Nonetheless, God binds up our wounds (Psalm 147:3).
No matter what we have done in our pasts or do in our futures, God, chooses to love us. just as Michael,
chose to love [Sarah]. With all [her] past, with all [her] frailties, with everything. He knew from the beginning where [she] came from, and it didn’t make any difference to him.
Give thanks for God’s redeeming love.
Give ye thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his love endures forever
– Psalm 136:1